The Atlantis Code : Thomas Lourds

  • by Charles Brokaw
  • Narrated by Erik Davies
  • Series: Thomas Lourds
  • 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A thrill-seeking Harvard linguistics professor and an ultrasecret branch of the Catholic Church go head-to-head in a race to uncover the secrets of the lost city of Atlantis. The ruins of the technologically-advanced, eerily-enigmatic ancient civilization promise their discoverer fame, fortune, and power... but hold earth-shattering secrets about the origin of man. While world-famous linguist and archaeologist, Thomas Lourds, is shooting a film that dramatizes his flamboyant life and scientific achievements, satellites spot impossibly ancient ruins along the Spanish coast. Lourds knows exactly what it means: the Lost Continent of Atlantis has been found. The race is on, and Lourds' challengers will do anything to get there first.Whoever controls the Lost Continent will control the world.

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The Atlantis Code

There is nothing I enjoy better than a book that is based in enough reality as to be plausible, and yet incorporate such creativity and imagination as to completely suspend one's belief. I loved it.
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- Jo-Anna

Not a Thomas Lourdes fan.

The publisher’s summary seems to promise an exciting adventure. The plot line, as described, could be engaging. However, the characters are hollow, the chase is contrived, and the book is way too long.

Thomas Lourdes seems spineless. He is an expert on ancient languages. He is asked to translate a previously unknown language. He falls into a mystery. He falls into a race to solve it. He falls into bed with each of the female characters without really pursuing them. He seems more like a bystander than the take-charge adventurer that I expected.

The female characters are trite and insufferable. One is an arrogant, conniving, blond, British media host. The other is a brusk, Russian policewoman intent on revenging the death of her sister. Needless to say they don’t get along with each other and their attempts to move the investigation along are often at cross purposes.

Lastly, there is a cameraman running along with the searchers. After one media representative is tortured and killed, the group is being chased and shot at, and it is urgent to get to Atlantis quickly, why is a cameraman necessary?

Unlocking the clues seems to come easy in spite of all of the factions trying to stop Lourdes. Why would people that had been guarding secrets for generations just give them up?

Finally, it was a real challenge to finish the book. I usually pay pretty close attention and even replay portions when I think I have missed something. This was so slow and so long that I paid bills, answered the phone, took short power naps, and didn’t seem to miss anything. I found myself hoping that the wrath of God would put an end to it. (One very possible ending for the story.)

The narration is adequate. There are so many different nationalities and accents that I am sure that this reading was a challenge.
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- adrienne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-10-2009
  • Publisher: Random House Audio